The 2002 does not have a metal one that you can get. I dont know what your parts guy found. I also just found out that you cannot get this part from ford.
For the 2002.5 and later, Ford completely redid the whole shifter assembly, cables, and the mechanism that connects everything to the transmission. It shifts way smoother than any of the other ones. And if you dont believe me, go test drive a newer focus. It is way better and it is how ford should have designed it in the first place. Also, it the older focus is upgradeable for this. Its about $300 and after driving my friend's 2003 zx3, i think it is worth it. The shifter base is still plastic, but it did not have the breakage problem that the older one had. However, they are planing on developing one of their own out of billet aluminum and bringing the cost down.
Focus Central would not tell me what they got the part from. All they would say is that it was a european part that does not come from a focus. Although shifting feels better, it still feels like crap compared to the 2003. One thing i like about the metal one is that the reverse lockout is made to be removable, whereas on the plastic one, you would have to cut it off. Also, the metal one comes with a nice big "Made in Germany" sticker on it. Cant beat that...
Revival of an almost 9 year old thread...The plastic is the only one that you can get for a replacement anymore unless someone is selling an old used metal one some where. By the way TerryB the shifters were changed in 2002.5 so that one you posted wouldn't work for the person who reopened this thread.